Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
44,280 2.9 % $21.88 $45,500 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.80 $15.50 $19.54 $27.02 $35.66
Annual Wage (2) $26,630 $32,250 $40,640 $56,210 $74,160


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 29,670 21.19 $21.86 $45,460
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,230 4.46 $22.91 $47,650
Waste Collection 1,650 0.98 $17.82 $37,060
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,270 0.20 $19.78 $41,150
Residential Building Construction 1,080 0.15 $21.42 $44,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 29,670 21.19 $21.86 $45,460
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,230 4.46 $22.91 $47,650
Waste Collection 1,650 0.98 $17.82 $37,060
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,270 0.20 $19.78 $41,150
Residential Building Construction 1,080 0.15 $21.42 $44,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 200 0.03 $30.89 $64,250
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $30.24 $62,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 510 0.03 $29.69 $61,760
Building Finishing Contractors 130 0.02 $27.61 $57,420
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 520 0.04 $26.88 $55,910


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,980 0.55 1.74 $30.19 $62,790
California 4,890 0.31 0.97 $21.57 $44,860
Texas 4,250 0.36 1.15 $17.87 $37,170
Ohio 2,150 0.40 1.28 $23.07 $47,990
Illinois 1,650 0.28 0.89 $22.82 $47,460




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 450 1.40 4.45 $30.19 $62,800
Idaho 830 1.25 3.96 $28.56 $59,410
Nevada 800 0.63 2.00 $18.54 $38,570
Louisiana 1,070 0.56 1.76 $17.18 $35,730
New York 4,980 0.55 1.74 $30.19 $62,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 450 1.40 4.45 $30.19 $62,800
New York 4,980 0.55 1.74 $30.19 $62,790
Washington 1,320 0.43 1.36 $28.79 $59,880
Idaho 830 1.25 3.96 $28.56 $59,410
New Mexico 360 0.45 1.43 $27.70 $57,610





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,160 0.63 2.00 $30.70 $63,850
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.94 2.97 $20.24 $42,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.24 0.75 $21.06 $43,810
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.26 0.84 $20.93 $43,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 940 0.32 1.01 $18.09 $37,620
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 920 0.65 2.06 $19.90 $41,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.36 1.15 $18.31 $38,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 730 0.29 0.92 $19.53 $40,610
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 680 0.73 2.30 $18.06 $37,560
Kennewick-Richland, WA 590 5.52 17.50 $34.22 $71,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 590 5.52 17.50 $34.22 $71,180
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 190 2.96 9.40 $27.45 $57,090
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 210 2.59 8.22 $21.41 $44,540
Anchorage, AK 290 1.65 5.22 $24.53 $51,020
Amarillo, TX 190 1.63 5.17 $30.21 $62,840
Corpus Christi, TX 250 1.36 4.32 $17.76 $36,940
Baton Rouge, LA 520 1.32 4.17 $18.41 $38,290
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 60 1.12 3.56 $16.21 $33,720
Knoxville, TN 370 0.95 3.03 $34.24 $71,210
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.94 2.97 $20.24 $42,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utica-Rome, NY 110 0.89 2.81 $35.58 $74,000
Knoxville, TN 370 0.95 3.03 $34.24 $71,210
Kennewick-Richland, WA 590 5.52 17.50 $34.22 $71,180
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,160 0.63 2.00 $30.70 $63,850
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 300 0.54 1.71 $30.67 $63,800
Amarillo, TX 190 1.63 5.17 $30.21 $62,840
Bakersfield, CA 160 0.55 1.76 $29.34 $61,030
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.71 $59,720
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 50 0.30 0.96 $28.68 $59,640
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 430 0.33 1.05 $28.25 $58,750

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 210 0.63 1.99 $20.86 $43,380
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.19 6.95 $40.40 $84,040
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 2.58 $24.54 $51,040
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.35 1.10 $16.84 $35,040
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 1.36 4.32 $21.67 $45,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.19 6.95 $40.40 $84,040
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 1.36 4.32 $21.67 $45,080
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.11 3.52 $27.07 $56,310
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 2.58 $24.54 $51,040
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 2.07 $18.00 $37,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.19 6.95 $40.40 $84,040
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.53 $65,580
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.11 3.52 $27.07 $56,310
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.45 $55,010
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 1.17 $24.98 $51,950


About May 2016 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017